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Sep 2

Cable #4 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, September 2, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

CABLE vol 4 #4
“The Big Bang”
by Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto

COVER / PAGE 1. Cable and Esme fight the Spaceknights. This is bannered as a “Path to X of Swords” issue, presumably for sword-related reasons that would have applied to the whole series to date.

PAGES 2-5. Esme recounts the history of the Spaceknights.

We’ve covered this before, but the Spaceknights form part of the back story of Rom, the 1980s licensed series. In Rom, the established back story saw the Galadorians coming under attack from the Dire Wraiths about two hundred years ago, and the Spaceknights such as Rom being volunteers who gave up their normal bodies to become cyborg warriors. (The basic set-up of most issues of Rom was that Rom kept showing up to kill Dire Wraiths disguised as ordinary humans, and people kept mistaking him from a murderous killer robot.)

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Aug 28

X-Men #11 annotations

Posted on Friday, August 28, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

Nice and simple, this one.

X-MEN vol 5 #11
“One War, One Mutant”
by Jonathan Hickman & Leinil Francis Yu

COVER / PAGE 1. Magneto presumably facing off against the Cotati. This issue is bannered as both an Empyre tie-in and a “Path to X of Swords” issue. It’s not exactly hard to figure out which scene is which.

PAGES 2-5. Summoner invites Rockslide to play a game.

The Arakko point is presumably part of the Arak Corral which showed up and joined with Krakoa in issue #2. It contains a closed portal to the sister island of Arakko. Summoner came through the portal in that issue; he has the power to control the monsters of Arakko, and he came looking for Apocalypse’s help. The three young mutants who come to speak to him are Rockslide (the rock guy), Anole (the lizard guy) and Loa (a minor character from the mid-2000s New Mutants series).

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Aug 27

X-Factor #2 annotations

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

X-FACTOR vol 4 #2
“Suite No. 2: Mojoverse Sonata Xf. 3 Op. 45, Danse Macabre”
by Leah Williams & David Baldeon

PAGE 1 / COVER: Um… well, it’s a shot of the team in their new costumes, presumably with Aurora in red behind them, and a display of skulls with X marks on their foreheads. It doesn’t really seem to have very much to do with the issue.

PAGES 2-3. A mysterious person teleports onto Krakoa and leaves a parcel for X-Factor.

As we’ll see, this person is delivering evidence designed to prompt X-Factor into investigating the Mojoverse.

The Pod is the home of the Five, the mutants who are responsible for growing the new bodies used to resurrect dead mutants (Hope, Egg, Tempo, Elixir and Proteus). They’re discussing Proteus’ need for periodic new bodies; originally, he used to burn through bodies quite quickly. Proteus’ Scottish accent is frankly abysmal.

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Aug 22

Cable #3 annotations

Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

CABLE vol 4 #3
“Ace in the Pouch”
by Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto

COVER / PAGE 1. Cable, with Deadpool behind him. The older Cable costarred with Deadpool in a series for several years, and they were odd-couple friends.

PAGES 2-4. Cable remembers killing his older self.

This is a flashback to Extermination #1. The older Cable’s telepathic line was not in the original scene, and fits in between pages 24-25 of the original story. The flashback version also tones down Kid Cable’s original dialogue, which was “Cable, you’re relieved of your duty. Old fool – you really should have seen that coming.”

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Aug 21

Wolverine #4 annotations

Posted on Friday, August 21, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

WOLVERINE vol 7 #4
“The Red Tavern”
by Benjamin Percy, Viktor Bogdanovic & Matthew Wilson

COVER / PAGE 1. Omega Red tries to drown Wolverine.

PAGES 2-3. Wolverine winds up the Quiet Council.

Generally, Wolverine is taking an anti-authority stance here which is a bit of a throwback to his early (publication) years – from the late 80s onwards, he came to be written as an elder statesman of the X-Men and as being an authority figure himself. It’s interesting to see Wolverine baiting the (very dodgy) government of the X-Men’s supposed utopia. As Professor X points out, this is very unhelpful behaviour.

“Suppose you’ll be wanting this back.” Wolverine stole Magneto’s helmet in a flashback in the previous issue, to use it as psychic shielding.

“You once tore the adamantium off my skeleton.” In X-Men vol 2 #25.

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Aug 20

Excalibur #11 annotations

Posted on Thursday, August 20, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

EXCALIBUR vol 4 #11
“Verse XI: Blood of the Changeling”
by Tini Howard, Marcus To & Erick Arciniega

COVER / PAGE 1: An angry Jubilee surrounded by… well, I guess it’s meant to be dragon fire, though if it’s supposed to be forming any particular shape, I’m not seeing it. In a retro touch, we have the story title too… plonked somewhat arbitrarily on the page.

PAGES 2-5. Excalibur show up to rescue Jubilee from the Green Priestesses.

We’re picking up here from issue #9, where Excalibur were in Otherworld in an attempt to create a permanent Krakoan gate. They were attacked by Saturnyne’s Priestesses – who are now clarified in this issue to be the White Priestesses – and Shogo was shot down. Issue #10 was a diversion into events in an alternate timeline (which doesn’t directly play into this issue), and so it’s been a long long time since we picked up this plot thread.

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Aug 19

Empyre: X-Men #4 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

This is the final issue of Empyre: X-Men, so a proper review will follow. Meanwhile…

EMPYRE: X-MEN #4
“Un-Ring”
by Jonathan Hickman, Jorge Molina, Lucas Werneck & Adriano di Benedetto

Everyone else has had their fun on the middle chapters, but Jonathan Hickman’s back for the (vaguely) serious bit.

COVER / PAGE 1. Magik, Angel, Wolverine and M/Penance being consumed by plants. Wolverine does not appear in this issue. The glowing sword sticking out of the rock is presumably Magik’s Soulsword.

PAGES 2-3. Recap and credits.

PAGES 4-5. Flashback. The Scarlet Witch realises she’s brought back a bunch of zombies and beats a hasty retreat.

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Aug 14

X-Force #11 annotations

Posted on Friday, August 14, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

X-FORCE vol 6 #11
“Red Dawn”
by Benjamin Percy & Bazaldua

COVER / PAGE 1. Colossus fights Omega Red. Omega Red does not appear in the issue, which always makes me wonder if plans changed after the cover was commissioned.

This is a “Path to X of Swords” issue. In this case, it’s fairly easy to see which element ties in to the crossover, but it still emerges from things that have happened in this book.

PAGES 2-5. The latest batch of lab-grown soldiers turn out to contain “Russian doll” assassins.

The soldiers. These are the bad guys that Wolverine and the Marauders defeated in Wolverine #3. They don’t look all that similar in the two issues, since Adam Kubert depicts them with some sort of swirly energy effect on their costumes, while Bazaldua just presents it as red armour-type stuff.

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Aug 13

Marauders #11 annotations

Posted on Thursday, August 13, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

MARAUDERS #11
“To Live and Die on Krakoa”
by Gerry Duggan & Stefano Caselli

PAGE 1 / COVER. Kate’s funeral. Storm and Emma (with Lockheed) send her body out to sea. This doesn’t exactly reflect the scene in the issue, since Lockheed isn’t at the funeral (he doesn’t show up until later) and Emma doesn’t wear white in the story (but she’s more recognisable this way).

The issue has a “Path to X of Swords” logo in the top right, though nothing about the story is obviously linked to the crossover, as opposed to storylines that were already in progress.

PAGE 2. Nightcrawler writes another letter to Kate.

We saw another one of these letters in issue #10. In that issue, it was an email. This one seems to be hand-written.

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Aug 6

Empyre: X-Men #2 annotations

Posted on Thursday, August 6, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

EMPYRE: X-MEN #2
“Growing Strong”
by Gerry Duggan, Ben Percy, Leah Williams & Lucas Werneck

So far as the writing is concerned, Empyre: X-Men is basically a jam session for the writers of the regular X-books. So this isn’t a particularly serious book – as if that wasn’t obvious from the mutants vs zombies vs plants vs old women set-up – and we can take this one pretty quickly.

PAGE 1 / COVER. Angel and Magik face off against a Cotati.

PAGES 2-3. Recap and credits.

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